How to enable Compact Navigation feature in Google Chrome

Google Chrome - Experimental features

As you know, Google Chrome 13 has been released to the stable channel and with it many new features started popping up, like Instant Pages, Print preview, Print to PDF and many more.

One new feature that made into this release is Compact Navigation, which allows you to disable the toolbar and address bar in Google Chrome to gain more screen real-state.

After you enabled this feature, Google Chrome will hide the toolbar that contains the address bar, buttons and installed apps icons, leaving nothing more than a new smaller set of back and forward buttons and the wrench button (relocated) to get to your settings. If you have the bookmarks set to always display, this will remain visible. 

Google Chrome window on Compact Navigation mode

When you open a new tab a compact address bar will be accessible, but after you type your destination URL and loads the new page, it will disappear. You can bring it back by just clicking on the tab.

Google Chrome - Compact address bar

To enable Compact Navigation feature in Google Chrome follow these steps:

1.  In the address bar type about:flags and press Enter — make sure to read the Google Chrome warning, that all feature listed here are experimental, they may change, break, or disappear at any time –. 

2.  Scroll down until you find the feature Compact Navigation.

3.  Click the Enable link.

Enable Google Chrome Compact Navigation feature

4.  Finally right-click on the tab and select Hide the toolbar option.

Google Chrome - Hide the toolbar option

That was easy enough, right? Now you have more space to enjoy your favorite web pages.

To restore the full view just right-click on the tab and select Hide the toolbar once again.

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